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Washington Post: D.C. Council wants to ensure most vulnerable students get promised help

January 16, 2019
When "at-risk" students—ones in the foster care system, working to overcome poverty and more—aren't receiving the services they need at school, their education suffers. CLC policy director Sharra Greer recently sat down with the Washington Post's Perry Stein to discuss this issue: D.C. Council members are moving to ensure the city’s most vulnerable students get the help they have been promised following disclosures that money for at-risk students was used for routine school system expenses.

HIllRag: A Traumatic Failure: DC Public Schools Neglect Mental Health

January 11, 2019
Our team is passionate about school-based mental health and trauma-informed education. As part of our advocacy in these areas, CLC executive director Judith Sandalow sat down with Jonetta Rose Barras as part of her investigative series: The Impact of Trauma on District Youth. Barras shared about our work, saying:

APHA: Information on environmental health services for kids can be hard for parents to find: APHA review

January 7, 2019
Environmental health services, from asthma home visiting programs to lead testing, can help protect children from the dangerous environmental exposures they encounter every day. Here at CLC, many of our programs, from our medical-legal partnership to our policy work, focus on making sure children are in safe, healthy homes. The American Public Health Association recently highlighted this work! Since Aluveller Perkins’ son was diagnosed with asthma, she has been dogged about finding environmental health services to manage his illness.

AFRO: D.C. Organizations Optimistic about Passing of School Safety Act

January 2, 2019
As the fall DC Council session wrapped up, councilmembers passed several pieces of important legislation. CLC policy attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce sat down with AFRO to talk about the School Safety Omnibus Amdendment Act of 2018 and why this bill is so critical. “We’re really excited about the bill,” said Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Senior Policy Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in D.C. “ We’re happy to have work with Council Member Grosso.”

HillRag: The Cost of Juvenile Trauma

December 5, 2018
At Children's Law Center, we meet children who are exposed to trauma every day. Executive Director recently sat down with Jonetta Rose Barras to discuss the problem. “Trauma can be any extreme bad experience,” explained Judith Sandalow, director of the DC Children’s Law Center, which represents as many as 5,000 children to ensure they receive the services they need and deserve from government agencies, including public schools. “If [the problem] is in your family, it’s an ACE, but if it’s an outsider it’s still pretty horrible but it’s considered a trauma.”

East of the River: Children’s Law Center’s Medical-Legal Partnership: A Holistic Approach to Child Welfare in the District

November 14, 2018
Every Pro Bono Week, we lead a tour of one of our medical-legal partner sites. It's a great way to share about the amazing work our pro bono attorneys do and to provide an insider's look to where it all starts! This year, East of the River's Jessalyn Schwartz joined the tour.

Washington Post: D.C. Council will consider law to strengthen prevention of lead poisoning in homes

September 28, 2018
The Washington Post's Terrence McCoy recently wrote that safety measures to ensure that children are protected from the dangers of lead poisoning while living in District homes may soon become a lot more stringent. At CLC, we believe that every child deserves a safe, healthy home. CLC senior policy attorney Anne Cunnigham chatted with Terrence about why this type of legislation is so critical.

HillRag: Allen Introduces Bill to Detect, Protect from Lead

September 18, 2018
At Children’s Law Center, we’ve seen the terrible impact lead can have on any family. We also know it is a preventable problem. That’s why we’re advocating for the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act of 2018. CLC policy director Sharra Greer recently shared her thoughts about the legislation:

Washington Post: ‘It feels great to go back’: The District’s students return to school

August 21, 2018
As the 2019 school year starts, students are excited and nervous—and that includes DC's homeless students. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently went "back-to-school" with former CLC client Lakia. Following CLC's advocacy, Lakia now has the educational supports she needs to truly learn, but she continues to face (and overcome) the hurdles she encounters as a homeless student. CLC attorney Diana Sisson weighs in on homelessness and its impact on District students. Read more below: